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English noun: revolution

1. revolution (event) a drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving

SamplesThe industrial revolution was also a cultural revolution.

Broader (hypernym)alteration, change, modification

Narrower (hyponym)Cultural Revolution, Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, green revolution

2. revolution (act) the overthrow of a government by those who are governed

Broader (hypernym)group action

Narrower (hyponym)counterrevolution

Instance hyponymAmerican Revolution, American Revolutionary War, American War of Independence, Bloodless Revolution, Chinese Revolution, Cuban Revolution, English Revolution, February Revolution, French Revolution, Glorious Revolution, Mexican Revolution, Russian Revolution, War of American Independence

3. revolution (event) a single complete turn (axial or orbital)

SamplesThe plane made three rotations before it crashed.
The revolution of the earth about the sun takes one year.

Synonymsgyration, rotation

Broader (hypernym)turn, turning

Narrower (hyponym)axial motion, axial rotation, clockwise rotation, counterclockwise rotation, dextrorotation, levorotation, orbital motion, orbital rotation, roll, spin

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